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OIE Declares Costa Rica As 'Controlled' BSE Risk

25 June 2013

COSTA RICA – The World Organisation for Animal Health has issued official ‘controlled risk’ status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

This is in recognition of the country’s ability to prevent the disease and implement control measures through the production chain, which comes as great news to the sector.

"This is a major achievement, especially for an industry such as livestock, which is strategic for being a provider of basic food, its links to other business sectors, employment and export earnings,” said Minister Gloria Abraham Peralta.

The decision is deemed warranted after the considerable efforts of SENASA, the national animal health service and the efforts of ranches and private businesses since 2011.

“Costa Rican beef consumption is safe because the causal agent of this disease is not present in domestic herds," announced Minister Peralta.

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